Will Smith does it again.
A virus has wiped out humankind, and as far as Robert Neville (Smith) knows, he’s the last man on earth in 2012. When Neville isn’t hunting for food or gathering supplies, he’s doing research to find a cure for the deadly virus that he is immune to. But the research and exploring can only be done during the day, because night brings out a horror that keeps Neville and his dog Sam hiding behind barricaded doors.
I Am Legend
might be compared to 28 Weeks Later, Signs
, or even The Road Warrior
. But don’t be fooled, I Am Legend is not the same ol’ thing. The script is clever and original. And Smith’s performance impressed me once again
Yes, the film is dark, but not without hope. The pacing is slow, but steady. It had me on the edge of my seat, never a dull moment.
The visual effects were amazing. New Yorkers will love the futuristic glimpse of an empty, weed infested Manhattan in the same way we enjoyed seeing an ivy grown Washington DC in Logan’s Run
I really enjoyed this film. It will probably find its way onto my DVD shelf.
SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
The film was completely clean, it’s just intense and a little scary. The violence is truly PG-13, almost mild by today’s standards. But use your discretion with younger kids. I’ll let my 14 year old see it with me, but not my 10 and 12 year olds.
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):
- What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?
- How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?
- How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?
, president of The Source for Youth
Ministry, is the author of numerous books including the new
Should I Just Smash My Kid's Phone?
, and youth ministry books like
Ministry By Teenagers
Connect: Real Relationships in a
World of Isolation
, and the award winning book
Do They Run When They See You Coming?
speaks and trains
at conferences, churches and events across North
America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his
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